I am person of many cultures, born in Walsall, England of Nigerian parents from Ogun State in Nigeria in the 60s.
For about the first 5 years, I was the only child until siblings appeared in quick succession when we returned to Nigeria. I have lived in Kaduna and Jos in the North of Nigeria and have blogged extensively about my childhood in Jos, I have fond memories.
We moved to Southern Nigeria in the late 70s, I was in Sagamu where I attended secondary boarding school because my parents wanted to toughen me up and get to me imbibe the culture well...
We lived in Lagos where I had part of a failed tertiary education, ruinous students’ union politics and started over again after stints in Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, I eventually did Electrical/Electronic Engineering because I was interested in computers.
From working for a computer services computer I ended up in the middle of a desktop publishing phenomenon that swept other legal publishers including one of great renown and civil rights’ accomplishments out of the way and I was out to the UK to find out that my knowledge had a marketplace if I was ready for the opportunities.
After returning to Nigeria, I planned my return to the UK for the opportunities of keeping abreast of technology and the makings of a senior computer geek.
London, Ipswich, London and Ipswich again was the point at which an occupational psychotherapist told me I was suffering the classic signs of a mid-life crisis 10 years early.
That is how I ended up in the Netherlands but as an Englishman abroad, a new life, a changed life, a post-graduate qualification in Computer Science, many interesting jobs and projects and a blog running for 7 years that started at http://akin.blog-city.com with opinions that reflect a rather libertarian view of issues.
Oh! There was that brush with cancer, all that pain, 5 months of chemotherapy and the struggle to build my life up again without losing my zest for life, my humour and sometimes crazy optimism – I suppose when you have had a close hit-and-run with death, it puts a lot of things into perspective.
I would hate to think, where my youth has gone, I have ideas for all sorts of exciting stuff like someone with a new lease of life and in the midst of that I love travel, history, architecture, the sun, photography and good food.
I am yours truly.